Peteris Vasks

Biography

Born: April 16, 1946; Aizpute  
The music of Latvian composer Peteris Vasks is often associated with his country's struggle for independence. Indeed, one of his best-known works, the symphony Voices composed in 1990-1991, symbolically and historically reflects Latvia's final steps to freedom. Deeply rooted in the rich folk tradition of Latvia, Vasks' haunting composition invites the listener on a cyclical journey from the timeless beauty of nature's voices emerging from silence Read more to the heartrending cacophony of despair and back to the tranquility of silence. Critics who discuss Vasks in the context of his Latvian inspiration and artistic debt to Witold Lutoslawski nevertheless acknowledge his originality, his characteristic soulfulness, and melodic subtlety, as well as a universality of expression that identifies Vasks as a major European composer. Born in 1946, Vasks, who studied the double bass at the Lithuanian State Conservatory from 1964 to 1970, worked as an orchestra musician in the 1960s and 1970s. Vasks studied composition with Valentinus Utkins, at the Latvian State Conservatory in Riga, graduating in 1978. Working as a composer since the late '70s, Vasks has forged an original musical style, which commentators have described as spiritual, powerfully evocative, and richly expressive. Vasks' entire oeuvre is informed by the tragic dichotomy between humanistic ideals, symbolized by the vastness of nature and the historical realities of violence and despair. Vasks teaches composition at the Emil Darzins Music School in Riga. His works include Cantabile (1979), Musica Dolorosa for string orchestra (1983), and Lauda (1986), for orchestra. Read less
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  • 1.
    Vasks: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 5 / Spikeru String Quartet
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: WER73292 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spikeru String Quartet
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    Vasks: The Seasons / Worms
    Label: Zefir Records   Catalog: 9643 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Marcel Worms
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    Vasks: Presence / Gabetta, Amsterdam Sinfonietta
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 542312 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Sol Gabetta,  Irène Gabetta-timacheff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
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    Solitudes: Baltic Reflections
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34156 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olli Mustonen,  Zita Bruzaite,  Aulis Sallinen,  Erkki-Sven Tüür  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Martinova,  Su-a Lee,  Cyril Garac,  Brian Schiele  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mr. McFall's Chamber
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    The Sonatas: Brahms, Gubaidulina, Hindemith, Vasks
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6312 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sofia Gubaidulina,  Paul Hindemith,  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Niek De Groot,  Catherine Klipfel
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    Kurland Sounds
    Label: Odradek   Catalog: 319 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vilnis Smidbergs,  Peteris Vasks,  Eriks Esenvalds
    Performer:  Ints Dalderis
    Conductor:  Atvars Lakstigala
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    Vasks: Sala, Musica appassionata & Credo / Lakstigala
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 7323 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Conductor:  Atvars Lakstigala
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  • 8.
    Northern Lights / Kathrin Ten Hagen
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38157 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ole Borneman Bull,  Peteris Vasks,  Kurt Atterberg,  Anders Eliasson  ... 
    Performer:  Kathrin ten Hagen
    Conductor:  Johannes Klumpp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folkwang Chamber Orchestra
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    Distance / James Austin Smith
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039183 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Peteris Vasks,  Elliott Carter,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James Austin Smith,  Bridget Kibbey,  Luis Magalhaes
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    Geringas Plays Bach Plus
    Label: Es-dur   Catalog: 2036 Release Date: 11/17/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Corigliano,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anatolijus Senderovas,  Viktor Suslin  ... 
    Performer:  David Geringas
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    Beyond the Eastern Wind / Deltchev, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 750 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki,  Arvo Pärt,  Alfred Schnittke,  Peteris Vasks  ... 
    Performer:  Louise Boll
    Conductor:  Michael Deltchev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale
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  • 12.
    Babadjanian & Vasks: Piano Trios / Potch Trio
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3420 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arno Babadjanyan,  Peteris Vasks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Potch Trio
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    Meditation / Elina Garanca
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132702 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ugis Praulins,  Pietro Mascagni,  William Gomez  ... 
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Gunther Rost
    Conductor:  Karel Mark Chichon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir,  Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Saarbrücken Opera Choir
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    Distant Light -  Bach, Vasks: Violin Concertos / Renaud Capucon
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 632322 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Renaud Capuçon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    Nordic Atmospheres / Claus Efland, Sinfonietta Riga
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72630 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peteris Vasks,  Edvard Grieg,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Egils Sefers
    Conductor:  Claus Efland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
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    Baltic Souls / Schoch, Worms
    Label: Zefir Records   Catalog: 5638261079 Release Date: 03/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Jurgis Gaizauskas,  Peteris Vasks,  Heino Eller  ... 
    Performer:  Ursula Schoch,  Marcel Worms
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    Vasks: Flute Concerto, Flute Sonata, Aria E Danza / Faust, Arnold, Gallois
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572634 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Michael Faust,  Sheila Arnold
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
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    Pieces Of The World / Marta Bagratuni
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 295 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Barričre,  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Marta Bagratuni,  Suren Bagratuni,  Natalia Khoma,  Haobing Zhu  ... 
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    The Seasons / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Tomasi,  Darius Milhaud,  Charles Koechlin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Wittman,  Walter Seyfarth,  Fergus McWilliam,  Henning Trog  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
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    Shostakovich: Piano Trios; Vasks / Boulanger Trio
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12045 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boulanger Trio
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    Schulhoff, Webern, Raats, Vasks: String Quartets
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 5912 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  Anton Webern,  Jaan Raats,  Peteris Vasks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prezioso String Quartet
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  • 22.
    Peteris Vasks: Vox Amoris
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6750 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Alina Pogostkina
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
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  • 23.
    Vasks: Plainscapes / Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1194 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
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  • 24.
    Peteris Vasks: The Seasons
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6734 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Vestard Shimkus
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  • 25.
    Dedications - Nordgren, Vasks, Eliasson / Juha Kangas, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Alba Records   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pehr Henrik Nordgren,  Peteris Vasks,  Anders Eliasson
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
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